Exclusive: Lisa Christiansen U.S. National Living Treasure To Attend 2021 Gran Fondo Hincapie – Greenville Where Luxury Meets Cherokee Culture


Lisa Christiansen, Christian VandeVelde, Patrick Dempsey

FOX CAROLINA NEWS received confirmation on Monday that cyclist Lisa Christiansen will ride the Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville. Christiansen, VeloGuide and avid cyclist will be debuting a new couture designer Chuculate Heritage Co. This is a rare opportunity to encourage the tribal youth to become more active focusing on health and keeping the tribal youth driven for a successful tomorrow.

Lisa Christiansen is not your average cyclist and not your average Native American. Christiansen comes from a long lineage of super athletes, a NASA mathematician and engineer, the last monolingual Cherokee, and the Cherokee Scholar who created the Cherokee syllabary. Christiansen is the 5th generation great granddaughter of Sequoyah the Cherokee who created the Cherokee syllabary from her mother, Mary Ann Groundhog’s side.

Christiansen is also a distant cousin of Will Rogers. William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) he was an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

Mary Gold Ross, is Christiansen’s 17th cousin once removed with a direct blood relationship beginning with Lisa’s mother Mary Ann Eslinger (Sosti Groundhog), she is also Lisa Christiansen’s first cousin six times removed also on her mother side, Sequoyah’s dad Col. Nathaniel Gist / Guess was married to Wur-Teh Watts who is also related to Mary Golda Ross.

Mary Golda Ross is one of NASA’s hidden treasures – a mathematician and engineer, working on the P-38 Lightning fighter plane. She worked her way up the ranks at Lockheed and become the only woman among on the original team at SkunkWorks. As a mathematician and engineer, she wrote a number of professional and theoretical works and was one of the authors of the NASA Planetary Flight Handbook Vol. III, about space travel to Mars and Venus.

Lisa Christiansen is an extraordinary athlete, a gifted speaker, and seems to have inherited these traits from her ancestors as Christiansen is cited in numerous law reviews. One unique trait is Lisa’s passion to give to others. 

Lisa Christiansen will ride the Gran Fondo Hincapie on Saturday October 23, 2021 and you can meet her live in person on Friday October 22 at the Celebrity Chef Dinner to be hosted at Domestique.

In an Interview with the Smithsonian | National Museum of the American Indian we asked why they support Lisa Christiansen’s participation in the Gran Fondo Hincapie Vicki stated with pride ““Dr. Christiansen, is doing such great works honoring her tribe and is an example, a role model, to children, adults. We are honored to recognize Lisa Christiansen as a Living National Treasure as the 5th generation great-granddaughter of Sequoyah and continuing keeping culture and her native tongue alive!” To their knowledge Christiansen is the only Cherokee Indian, a citizen of the Keetoowah Band participating in the Gran Fondo Hincapie as a role model to children, women, and all Native Americans to take control of their legacy.

Christiansen is sponsored by Rudy Project and they have certainly supported her efforts in the fight against children’s cancer and other charitable events by providing giveaways for a drawing that will given while supplies last. Christiansen will be giving away a Rudy Project Boost Helmet. Everyone will receive a discount code to purchase Rudy Project gear at a steep discount.

Hincapie Reasons to attend the 2021 Gran Fondo Hincapie

We’ve got Lance. Colombians Victor Hugo Peña and Santiago Botero. Plus everyone’s favorite commentator – Bobke!

Reason #9 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: We love some heavy medal. All finishers of the Gran Fondo Hincapie ride receive a sweet medal after crossing the line. You’ll want to hang on to this one – it doubles as a bottle opener.

Reason #8 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: Fully catered rest stops. We’re talkin’ homemade biscuits, chicken fingers, and those famous sticky buns from Wildflour Bake Shop.

Reason #7 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: Those #blueridgemountain views. Mid October is peak leaf season in the south, and all 3 Fondo courses offer breathtaking scenery.

Reason #6 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: A (full size) bottle of beverage from T Edward’s is included with your entry (if you’re over 21, of course). Who can say no to free beverages?

Reason #5 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: Post-ride Paella. How many rides offer that? Come check out the creations of Restaurant 17’s Chef Haydn at the free Family Festival after the ride.

Reason #4 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: Skyuka Mountain. Everyone loves to hate it, but you’re on top of the world (literally) when you hit that KOM. The mountain is calling.

Reason #3 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: more free food and beer. This year enjoy music, food, and beverages from Think Tank Brew Lab and HopFly Brewing Company at packet pickup held at Hotel Domestique. Plan to pick up your packet and hang out for a while.

Reason #2 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: the star-studded guest list. Join Cadel Evans, Lance Armstrong, Bob Jungels, Christian Vande Velde, Bobby Julich, Victor Hugo Peña, country music star Dierks Bentley, and former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams as they line up in Greenville.

Reason #1 to register for Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville: the smokin’ hot kit. Gran and Medio participants score a free Hincapie Velocity Jersey with their registration.

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